Competition Information


Competition Dates

Important dates for the 2014 Spring Sydney Royal Fine Food Show:


Entries Open: Wednesday 4 June 2014

Entries Close: Wednesday 9 July 2014 

Delivery dates: Vary, depending on the Competition. Please refer to Spring Schedule.

Judging Dates: Please refer to below for specific Competition dates.


 Olive Oil                 Tuesday 2 September 2014    
 Aquaculture  Wednesday 3 September 2014
 Regional Food       Thursday 4 and Friday 5 September 2014
 Branded Lamb          Monday 8 September 2014
 Branded Beef      Tuesday 9 September 2014                                                            
 Pasta  Wednesday 10 September 2014
 Deli Meat       Thursday 11 and Friday 12 September 2014


The Schedule

The Schedule is the rule book that governs each Competition. It's essential reading!  


The 2014 Spring Fine Food Show Schedule will be available on Wednesday 4 June 2014.  Click here to download a copy of the 2014 Summer Fine Food Show Schedule.   


The Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Schedule tells you everything you need to know about the Fine Food Show. Available online as a PDF document, the Schedule lists entry fees, closing dates, delivery details, conditions of entry, Champion awards and much more. It is important that you read the Schedule carefully before entering any Fine Food Show.


What's New?

Highlights of the main changes for the Spring 2014 Competition include:

  • Chairman of Judges, Grahame Latham AM, has retired his position, officially handing over to the Chief Judges of each Competition for the Spring Show.
  • Regional Food – introduced a new Class for Fresh Nuts as well as a new Award for Champion Region encompassing all Classes.  
  • Deli Meat Competition - introduced a new Boneless Middle Bacon Class.
  • Pasta will now be judged during the Spring Fine Food Shows.
  • Moving towards barcoding of entries for a more streamlined and efficient management of Exhibits.


To register your interest in this Spring competition, please email your contact details to


Why should I enter?

The Sydney Royal Fine Food Show offers producers a chance to benchmark themselves against the industry. By entering, you will:

  • Receive assurance of independent assessment of your product by an esteemed panel of industry professionals;
  • Have a variety of perspectives and palates assessing your product;
  • Attain quality feedback: a breakdown of your score by each attribute (i.e. taste, flavour profile) and individual product comments for many classes;
  • Receive general class comments from the judges on how the class fared;
  • Be sent a full Results Catalogue post-judging to view all the results from every class and competition;
  • As a medallist, receive a certificate and a digital medal artwork file to use in your marketing collateral;
  • As a medallist, receive a medal marketing and promotion kit, to guide producers with tips and tricks of marketing their product;
  • Being a part of competition organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, a 190-year old influential force in Australian agriculture.


Judges & Stewards

Judging panels of three to five Judges are constituted from a combination of the following:  

  • Manufacturers and technologists from industry
  • Product users
  • Product retailers
  • Chefs
  • Other specialist and industry judges


Names of individual Judges are not released prior to judging, however judges are detailed in the Results Catalogue prepared at the end of each Show.


Stewards play a valuable part in the judging of each Competition and ensure the day runs smoothly through the coordination and preparation of exhibits for Judges.    Stewarding is a fantastic way of learning more about the industry, Competitions and the judging process, with opportunities to develop into Associate Judge and Judge roles in the future.


The Sydney Royal Fine Food Show is continuously seeking to engage further with industry, develop relationships, and recruit new Judges and Stewards to join the team of highly skilled and expert Officials.  Please read and complete the following forms if you are interested in becoming a Judge/Steward:


Completed forms should be returned to the Fine Food Coordinator via email:, fax: 02 9704 1122 or via email to:

Sydney Showground

Locked Bag 4317

Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127


After Review by the Chief Judge of each Competition, applicants will be contacted and invited to take part as positions arise.




Exhibitor Confirmation Packs

All Exhibitors are issued with an Exhibitor Confirmation Pack. This will be posted out four weeks prior to the Competition. The pack contains product labels, courier and postal labels, maps and delivery instructions. 


Exhibitors will be issued with an Exhibit Confirmation Advice, otherwise known as a bench slip, which indicates the Class(es) in which they have entered.


Delivery of Exhibits

A map showing where exhibits can be delivered will be posted out to all Exhibitors in their Confirmation Packs four to six weeks prior to the Competition.



Exhibitors in the Media - Tell us your story!

We are always looking for interesting stories from Exhibitors about your experiences as a competitior and why you choose to enter the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show.  Please take the time to tell us your story here and you could be contacted ny a member of the RAS Media and PR team for future media opportunities.

RAS News
The sweet taste of success is on the tip of everyone’s tongue at the Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show following the success of Bulla Dairy Foods at the recent President’s Medal.

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28 Aug 2014 
The search for the best in Australian fine food gets underway on Wednesday 2 September at the 2014 Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show in the newly refurbished Stables at Sydney Showground.

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26 Aug 2014 
Lyndey Milan OAM, Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show Committee Chair is pleased to announce award-winning British journalist and presenter, Jane Parkinson as the 2015 international wine judge.

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22 Aug 2014 
A stellar team of judges will headline the upcoming Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show at Sydney Showground, 16-17 September, 2014.

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08 Jul 2014 
Ranging from emerging producers to famous farming dynasties, the six finalists for the prestigious President’s Medal were today announced by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS).

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21 May 2014 
Lyndey Milan OAM, Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show Committee Chair, is pleased to announce the appointment of Samantha Connew as the new Chair of Judges.

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16 May 2014 
Aquaculture, professional bakery and coffee may not have a lot in common, but these diverse food categories certainly impressed the judges at the Sydney Royal Summer Fine Food Show in Sydney this month.

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21 Mar 2014